Hyderabad: The Hyderabad metro network starting from Ameerpet to LB Nagar will soon be inaugurated by Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao in August. Earlier in November 2017, the first two stretches were launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Presently, trial runs are going on for the Ameerpet to LB Nagar stretch. If the Hyderabad Metro Rail Ltd authorities get all necessary clearance with regards to safety, then this stretch will be inaugurated in August. The date of opening the lines will be fixed on CM gives his availability on a particular date.
A senior officer from the metro rail shared that only after successful trial run will the authorities receive safety clearance. Currently, several parameters for passenger safety and train are under evaluation. Post trail run success, the authorities will apply for safety clearance. The CM will be briefed about the progress and all the other aspects. A request will be put forward to sought CM’s time to finalise the inauguration date.
If all goes well that this stretch will complete connecting 30km LB Nagar to Miyapur that has 27 stations. As per the plan, a total of 16 stations are there between the Ameerpet and LB Nagar stretch.
Interestingly, LB Nagar to Miyapur will soon be the biggest stretch connecting two different ends of the city via metro rail. The entire project covers 72 km and the conclusion of this line will give the real picture of the usage of the Metro Rail service by the commuters of the city.
Looking at the ridership rate, currently 80,000 commuters use the metro daily from the Nagole to Ameerpet and the one from Ameerpet to Miyapur.
Metro officials on the other hand are rolling out interesting promotional programmes to encourage people to take Hyderabad Metro. They are also facilitating a switch but ironically numbers are not tallying as per the pattern of use that was projected before the study began.
With metro in place, it is expected to bring down peak hour traffic at road level. Unfortunately, the traffic remains the same notwithstanding partial beginning of the Metro Rail services in the city.